Rainbow Islands by Devin Harnois: 5/10 Stars

  In the Christian Republic, homosexual people are given two choices—a camp to "fix" them, or exile to the distant islands populated by lesbians and gay men. Sixteen-year-old Jason chooses exile and expects a hardscrabble life but instead finds a thriving, supportive community. While exploring his identity as a transgender boy he also discovers adventure: … Continue reading Rainbow Islands by Devin Harnois: 5/10 Stars

Behind Bars by Meredith Katz: 5/10 Stars

  The city of Dolana has kept itself free from demonic rule the hard way: by interrogating its citizens and sending anyone who could possibly be under demonic influence to the Inquisition. City innkeeper Pelerin is happy to help out however he can—after all, he lost his beloved wife to demons many years earlier, leaving … Continue reading Behind Bars by Meredith Katz: 5/10 Stars

Song of the Spring Moon Waning by E. E. Ottoman: 7/10 Stars

  Upon waking up one morning, Wen Yu is surprised to find a note asking him to return the song thrush given into his care while the owner was sick. The only problem is that Wen Yu was never given a song thrush. Though he has no time for distractions from his studies for the … Continue reading Song of the Spring Moon Waning by E. E. Ottoman: 7/10 Stars

The Cobbler’s Soleless Son by Meredith Katz: 6/10 Stars

  Everyone expects Renart Walker to follow in his mother's footsteps and become the cobbler for their little demon-ruled town. That'd be the proper thing to do: keep his head down, live his quiet human life, and try not to get too involved with demons. But Renart has never been terribly concerned with proper, and … Continue reading The Cobbler’s Soleless Son by Meredith Katz: 6/10 Stars

Darkling by Brooklyn Ray: 9/10 Stars

  Port Lewis, a coastal town perched on the Washington cliffs, is surrounded by dense woods, and is home to quaint coffee shops, a movie theater, a few bars, two churches, the local college, and witches, of course. Ryder is a witch with two secrets—one about his blood and the other about his heart. Keeping … Continue reading Darkling by Brooklyn Ray: 9/10 Stars

Magic Fell by Andi Van: 6/10 Stars

  Past and present are about to collide, and the world will never be the same. Magic has been missing from the world for a millennium, and it’s needed now more than ever. It falls to young Tasis Kadara to revive the fabled Mages’ Guild of the Dragon’s Claw. But in a culture where arcane … Continue reading Magic Fell by Andi Van: 6/10 Stars

Something to Remember by Elliott Junkyard: 8/10 Stars

  When Emma applied to study healing magic with one of the most prestigious mages in the country, she never thought she'd actually be accepted into the program. Her bags are packed but she is not ready to go. Accepting the position means she'll be apart from her partner, Sky for three long months. But … Continue reading Something to Remember by Elliott Junkyard: 8/10 Stars

Cinder Ella by S.T. Lynn and Tami Veldura: 7/10 Stars

  Ella is transgender. She's known since she was young; being a woman just fit better. She was happier in skirts than trousers, but that was before her stepmother moved in. Eleanor can't stand her, and after Ella's father passes she's forced to revert to Cole, a lump of a son. She cooks, she cleans, … Continue reading Cinder Ella by S.T. Lynn and Tami Veldura: 7/10 Stars

Dreadnought by April Daniels: 9/10 Stars

  Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding … Continue reading Dreadnought by April Daniels: 9/10 Stars